It seems that Paulie is no longer around in this year’s upcoming Rocky 7… uh, ‘Creed’. Burt Young, who played the character over 30 years and the previous six Rocky movies, is definitely not in the movie. But it seems that his absence is more permanent than that.
Sylvester Stallone recently filmed scenes at Laurel Hill Cemetery, to visit the grave of Adrian but, if rumor is true, also Uncle Paulie. I haven’t seen pictures to verify that but the fanboy rage is strong over at Stallone’s official forums.
That’s likely to be true to be honest, with Rocky now apparently suffering from cancer and Paulie dead, it basically fits as a de-facto remake of the original Rocky, where Mick was at the end of the road but found new strength in taking on a student.
Although I don’t know if it’ll be the same without Burt Young showing up to insult both the antagonists and protagonists.